Life is way too short to live in regret. Nobody wants to grow old and wish they took advantage of all the opportunities the world threw at them when they were in their glory days.
Luckily, the only person who can force you to live a life of regret is yourself. The world is full of wondrous experiences and rewards and you have the chance to earn them every day. Ridding yourself of regret means engaging in your passions and interests in the most extreme methods possible. It’s about fully engaging in the pleasures and activities that make you feel honored and privileged to be alive.
What you need to do is reevaluate your life and the direction it is going to make sure you don’t end up on your last day regretting many things and feeling like you have lived a worthless life. The saddest thing in the world is a life that never amounted to anything.
If you need to turn things around so you will live a better life, you will be thankful to know that you always have the chance to do so. Below are the 13 things you should do to live a life with no regrets.
1. Give your life a purpose
The first thing you need to do is understand how important it is for you to give your life some sort of purpose. The idea of a routine-based lifestyle of monotony and numbness means every day is less meaningful than the previous one.
Think about what you want to be remembered for, the impact you would want to have on the lives of others. Your purpose is what you can do to make the world a better place for yourself and those who share your passion. When you live for a purpose, you have the courage to make your own path in life and truly love what you do to better yourself as a person every day.
2. Stop wasting time
Many people love to use the term of tomorrow. They push everything to tomorrow but the problem is, tomorrow never comes to people that put off making a name for themselves. Stop lying to yourself and start prioritizing your life. Stop fooling around, it is your life you’re playing with, your future and the future of those that matter most to you. Start today, the more you lie to yourself the worst it gets.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
3. Stop playing the victim card
There are two types of people in this world: those who just sit there and love to complain about how things never go their way and those who keep fighting and never put their head down. You need to stop playing the victim, even though the world does seem like it doesn’t want you to succeed at times.
Own up to what you have done and the results that come from your work ethic. Find a solution to things rather than cry about the problem. No one is here to feel sorry for you.
“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” Shirley Hufstedler
4. Take advantage-each day is a new beginning
Your future is not determined by where you have been or the mistakes you have made or how many times you have failed. It is about where you are about to go and that is based on what you decide to do with each new day. Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life. Learn from it and move forward, today is a brand new day and a new chance to become the best version of yourself possible.
5. No more excuses
There is so much wasted talent in this world. The reason for that is because people love making excuses when they don’t feel they were in control of what their talent brought them. The truth is, they were looking for the easy way out rather than taking the more complicated and stressful road that ultimately grants success to those who overcome its many obstacles.
Stop looking for the easy way out. If you take the energy these people used to find the easy way out and actually apply it to the rough road instead, you will most definitely accomplish so much more.
Look within and know there is something you can do better than anyone else. Find what that something is and share it with the whole world, for that’s where you will find happiness.
6. Stop comparing yourself to others
This is not high school anymore, therefore you shouldn’t be comparing yourself to others and how well they are doing in life. You are only responsible for what you do in your life so that should be your sole concern. You are unique and you have your own path to walk on. Your journey will be just as exciting and filled with self discovery as it possibly could be. Life is not about being better than others, it is about being better than you used to be.
7. Stop sabotaging yourself
People unintentionally sabotage their own chances for success all the time. We say we want something and the moment we feel it’s coming our way we get scared, so we start sabotaging ourselves in one way or another and this usually happens at the subconscious level. The only thing you should fear is fear itself.
8. Stop the what if
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs
Don’t live your life based off what could have or should have been. Live it based off conviction and confidence in your decisions and a positive outcome. You will never know how well you do at anything if you don’t have the balls to try. Have courage and don’t be afraid of failing or looking stupid. The one who can say they had the courage to try can never be judged by the peanut gallery that is too afraid to amount to anything in their lives.
9. Step out of your comfort zone
Your comfort zone is there for you to step out of it. Get comfortable with the uncomfortable. When you are too comfortable that means you are not challenging yourself enough. Take it to the next level and allow your mind to expand by experiencing your interests at a more in-depth level.
Don’t be afraid to try new things, you can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
10. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
In order to grow as a human being, you need to ask questions and always challenge the status quo. Nobody was born having the answer to everything. It’s okay not to know, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. The person who does not ask questions is a fool forever.
11. Improve yourself at all times
There are so many resources in today’s world for you to learn more about what you want to get out of life. Take the opportunity to always be learning. Learn about the way the industry that attracts you operates so you don’t ever stay stagnant.
Use your time to make yourself a more knowledgeable, worldly, and capable human being. Be as prepared as you possibly could be for the upcoming tests of will, adaption and intelligence on the path to success.
12. Find a mentor
Nobody in the history of man was able to build Rome in one day all by themselves. They had someone older and wiser guide them along the way. Having a mentor can help you answer questions that you will be asked in the job you dream of having and prepare you for the curvballs life that will come your way if you indeed pursue this dream.
This person will instill you with information that will prevent you from making all the mistakes they made trying to do something similar to what you want to do. Find someone who inspires you and take their advice very seriously. They have been there before and they know what you can do to increase your chances for success.
13. Don’t ever give up on yourself
No matter how hard life may seem and no matter what happens to you, don’t give up on your dreams and your ability to reach them. Have faith in yourself and know that, just like Dale Carnegie said it: “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
Winners never quit or give up, that is why they are winners. You should be trying new ways to get what you want and messing up in the process every day because that means you are pushing yourself and your boundaries. The juice is unquestionably worth the squeeze when it comes to making your mark on this world. You will not realize how strong you are as a person until you refuse to put your head down when it seems that all the odds are against you.
Your life is purely based off what you do with it. If you want to live a life full of regrets, don’t take our advice. But if you want to be important, valuable, elite, follow these 13 things to create your own destiny.
Preston Waters | Elite.